PIPER & ROSS INTERIORS
A SUBSIDIARY BRAND TO PIPER & ROSS
We’ve spent the past few years running our flagship store on Sydney’s North Shore in Pymble. Gravitated around decorative painting, fabrics, papers & stonework it became apparent to us that our Interior work is sought after and highly demanded.
If you ask us why we opened a shop, we won't really be able to tell you why, but we'll say it started with a couple of bottles of wine, a garage full of furniture, a CNC machine & no business plan - Isn't that how all good things start?
In hindsight, we’ve come to realise PIPER & ROSS was borne out of the desire to have the distinctly British style & taste to interior decor in Australia and to offer bespoke, handcrafted stonework. The things we could see just weren’t happening in the Australian market.
We work directly with you, the client to achieve precisely what you are envisioning and more, easily. From start to finish you’ll have a personal relationship with us at PIPER & ROSS. Our attention to detail is unmatched, making sure that when we leave your home it’s not just ‘another project’ we’ve completed. We want what we have done to create magic in your home ready to stand the test of time.
We have never followed trends, The simple decorating rule for us was, if we like it & its made well, we have it. At PIPER & ROSS we choose to work with the best, fine picking each detail for the quality it offers. The best doesn’t automatically mean the most expensive and we like to present options to you however it’s important to us that we do a job right, we never take a ‘that’ll do’ approach.
Who is Piper? Who is Ross?
Our history begins in England with our Grandparents & has evolved through our parents to us. All with unique technical & creative skills it gives us an immense appreciation and understanding of artisan skills, creativity, & craftsmanship. From working with metal, to needlework, engineering, & stonemasonry we learnt from them and continue to develop our artistry and expertise.
William “Jock” Ross our Grandfather was trained as a mechanic in the age where the skill was sought-after & rare, especially in the small village Cowfold, West Sussex that Jock resided in. When Jock couldn’t be found at home or in the garage he would be tucked away in the villages Blacksmith shop offering a helping hand & some knowledge. Jock met his wife Mary Catherine Ross through his work; Mary was incredibly creative and a designer of great ingenuity. Famous for her culinary delights, upholstery, artistic sewing, poetry and interior design there is no doubt that Mary was not only a homemaker, but also a trendsetter of the time. Known for constantly creating a “new look” in her own home and advising others, to trialling new recipes testing flavour palettes there was not a moment that Mary didn’t have her finger on a creative outlet.
Their son John, our Father was a trained draughtsman and toolmaker by trade. He was always at the forefront of innovation in his industry, & famous for sayings that became synonymous to those that knew him. ‘Measure twice, cut once’. John held patents in his name & was an integral engineer in designing the cash register drawers that we all know & use daily. In his later life John couldn’t just have a quiet retirement. Constantly itching for a project to be part of or an outlet for his vast knowledge he would be consulting & advising on tasks as large as creating a self-expanding fully mechanised marble table to go on a super yacht in Monaco, but also as small as creating a school project Parthenon model which he made to scale from wood for one of his grandchildren.
Charles Piper a painter by trade & a true businessman at heart took Sussex by storm from the 1950’s to the 1980’s when he took his skills as a painter & a builder & ventured into Property Development. Charles, never shy of picking up a pen could be found in the evenings putting his extensive knowledge to use with his wife Nellie drawing up the plans and prints for upcoming builds in Sussex. Nellie played an integral part to Charles’ business by keeping the operations organised with the paperwork. With the attitude of ‘why pay someone when I can do it better myself’ Charles “Charlie” Piper was proudly a self made man who used his expertise in all areas of his field leaving his name attributed to hundreds of houses across the South Coast of England today. He proudly owned a map of Sussex with a succession of red dots marking his accomplishments. His love of stained glass was often the giveaway as to the original builder of some of the nicest residential estates in Sussex.
His son-in-law, Richard Tilley was also a successful businessman and 7th Generation Stonemason. He worked in the family stonemasonry business as a young boy & went on to co-run it along with his nephew another Tilley. From restoring some of the most famous heritage buildings in England to training new stonemasons & teaching at Westdean College in the South Coast of England, his passion for stone was unlimited. It was therefore only natural that his own son, Mark Tilley should follow in his footsteps and become a 8th generation stonemason in his own right before moving to Australia in his later life.